Toby, Josh, and C.J. end up in the assistants' area outside Toby's and Sam's offices. Toby asks when it happened. Josh says Griffith finished five or ten minutes ago. Toby asks, "You saw it happen?" Josh asks what Toby would have done; Toby says he would have ended the interview. Josh asks, "How?" Toby, in his invincible Klingon logic, states, "By ending it!" Sam walks up. His hair has been cut, and it's a not-entirely-successful compromise between long, blow-dried, early-'80s hair and the short, snappy intensity of last year's 'do. I guess I'll have to take what I can get, but as shout-outs go, it's not the best one I ever got. Still, the hair is some improvement. Anyway, Sam quietly says, "Listen, something's happened." C.J. says, "We know." Sam asks how they know. Toby says Josh was watching it in real time. Josh protests, "I'm not going to belay into the computer screen, Toby." Sam asks what they're talking about; Josh says, "The Surgeon General. What are you talking about?" Sam replies, "Never mind. What'd Griffith do?" Toby says, "She reversed our position on marijuana." Josh rubs his eyes and says, "Okay, first things first: what time is it in Tokyo?" Toby says that they're fourteen hours ahead; Josh thought it was thirteen. Toby says, "Eastern Daylight [Savings Time]." Josh says, okay, they're fourteen hours ahead. "Are we sure it's ahead and not behind?" C.J., rolling her eyes about halfway, points out, "Guys, there are clocks on the wall," gesturing to the various clocks showing worldwide times. Josh looks at the clock and says, "Okay, so it's almost 11:00 in Tokyo." Toby tells Ginger to get Larry and Ed. C.J. adds, "And anybody left in my office." Toby says that he'll be in the Roosevelt Room.
Toby and C.J. have started walking out. Josh and Sam follow. Josh asks, "I'm sorry, eleven in the morning, eleven in the afternoon...?" Sam's reading the transcript. C.J. says, "It's 11 AM." They're all in the Roosevelt Room now. Sam says, "'The Allman Brothers?'" Josh tells him to keep reading, and continues, "So if it's not a story until tomorrow morning then they're not gonna have it until tomorrow night, so we bought a day." C.J. says that they bought two days. Toby asks how. Sam says, "Plane ride." Josh asks when POTUS leaves. C.J. says, "7 PM Thursday." Josh: "Tomorrow?" C.J.: "Yes." Josh: "Local time?" C.J.: "Which local? Theirs, or ours?" Toby says wearily, "It will be 7 PM Thursday in Japan when he leaves." Josh asks, "And he lands here when?" Silence and blank stares. Sam: "Okay, the flight is thirteen hours long..." C.J. puts her hands up to her face and says, "This isn't happening..." Sam continues, "He's gonna travel eastward from Tokyo leaving at 7 PM, so when he crosses the International Date Line..." Toby interjects, "He'll have travelled back in time to what?" Sam confidently says, "3 AM." C.J. says, "Which puts him down in Washington 6 PM Thursday." Josh: "He's going to land in Washington an hour before he took off?" Sam: "Yeah." Josh is incredulous. "And that's not a story that beats the Surgeon General?" Frink is especially amused by all this. I'm fully confused at this point, but find it highly entertaining nonetheless. Donna shows up and tells Toby that the Blue Ribbon Commission is calling for him. Toby leaves, saying, "I'm gonna go get yelled some more. Josh, you need to get Leo." Josh tells Donna, "Call Tokyo." Donna says yeah and tells C.J. that Carol's got the wires. C.J. leaves. Josh tells Sam, "Those clocks should be in military time." Frink heartily agrees. He doesn't actually say so, but I know it. Sam says, "Yeah...'cause that's less confusing." Josh complains, "The man's gone a hundred and fifty hours! How can it be Thursday the whole time?" Sam says, "Listen, Japan is nine hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time..." Josh: "Don't." Josh asks what Sam was talking about before. Sam explains, "I've just been told by someone I believe that a full-page ad taken out by the Family Values Leadership Council is going to appear in twenty-two newspapers tomorrow. It lists many prominent people and congratulates them for denouncing the movie, Prince of New York." Josh asks, "So what's the problem?" Sam tells him, "The President is one of the prominent people they congratulate." Josh asks, "The President denounced the movie?" Sam says he didn't. Josh wonders how they can run such an ad. Sam has no idea, and adds, "But I don't like who we're being congratulated by." Donna hands Josh the phone. Josh says, "Yeah, Leo? We got a couple of problems here."